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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 11, 2007 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: howard stern on the dead

Oh yeah - have it on vinyl.

I lived in Prague for many years (my wife is Czech). When Zappa died, Havel had the fly lowered to half mast over the castle and released a public statment stating that he was very saddended by such a loss and would be listening to his vinyl copy of "Bongo Fury" that Frank gave him. Prior to that time, Havel had made Zappa a honorary minister of culture (or some such title) At the time, George the First and Sec'y of State Baker gave the Czechs a lot of crap for the same, and due to the threats of w/holding some aid, this honorofic was removed. Anyway, there is long, deep connection between Zappa, the Velvet Underground and the dissidents, Charter 77 and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 11, 2007 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: howard stern on the dead

IS that the same COuntry that Zappa went to and played this great diplomacy for whatever problem they were having over there. Then James Bakker gets involved and has him ordered home. Something like that.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 11, 2007 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: howard stern on the dead

You got it.
http://www.theroc.org/roc-mag/textarch/roc-08/roc0816b.htm

More context on Havel and Zappas' mutual admiration society. Havel is also very close friends these days with Lou Reed. When Dylan played Prague, he gave Havel a notebook of his original lyrics. Pink Floyd provided lighting for the castle (truly) and Havel once made the Australian Prime Minister wait on him while he sat on the tarmac with Mick and Keith in a limo. God, I miss living in Prague ....

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: May 11, 2007 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: howard stern on the dead---Vaclav Havel--Zappa and me

On Monday night I and another actor have been invited to a book launch. Havel's new book comes out officially next week dealing primarily with his Presidency. I will be doing readings from the book. I have this singular honour because I and this other actor performed a unique production that blended three Of Havel's one acts Audience, Unveiling and Protest into a single piece and Havel's translator saw the production and pronounced my performance of the Havel character as a dead on impersonation although I had NEVER seen him on film or television, only read about him and his work. He alerted Havel about the production and we were invited to perform the play at the Pilsen International Theate Festival.

Sadly, we couldn't raise the money and the Canadian government showed no interest in helping us get there even though we were the first Canadian company to ever be invited to this prestigious festival (Tom Stoppard is also on the Board of Directors) . There is a brief reference about the death of Frank Zappa in our reading (the Deputy Pres. Vaclav Klaus took Havel to task for expressing regret over the musician's death in the press).

As for what Zappa thought of hippies---who cares? I love Frank Zappa anyway. Many musos shit on the SF scene and the Dead back then, including Steve Miller (who later opened for and jammed onstage with the Dead!!!!), Eric Clapton and others. I cannot speak for Moby Grape or even the Airplane but I do know that the Dead were approaching music from the opposite perspective of just about everyone and I always saw their attitude as extremely punk in nature back then. They didn't care what anybody thought about them and that became my way of dealing with those types who crapped on them.

As for Stern, I have absolutely zero regard for him. He may be courageous for all I know but I find him and his show odious. He got rich by lowering the common denominator and then wraps himself in the flag of Free Speech. There are people dying in the dirt for free speech in this world. Stern is stinking rich because he gets lesbians to take their tops off. Give me a break. He can do what he wants and drive whatever fancy ass car he can afford and have his hair permed into oblivion and make thousands of people laugh but I'll never respect the guy. He's a dweeb.

I respect The Grateful Dead.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 11, 2007 6:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: howard stern on the dead---Vaclav Havel--Zappa and me

Thanks for the post, Syd. Good perspective.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 11, 2007 5:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: howard stern on the dead---Vaclav Havel--Zappa and me

But with the huge Czech expat community in Toronto, and fact that Havel's main translator is Canadian (whom I am assuming you are referring to - Paul Wilson? - I forget his name), that is CRIMINAL. Kudos to you. I'm eagerly awaiting Havel's return to writing for the stage after all his years in the castle.

BTW, here's an interesting little tidbit about the man. He and his best childhood friend, around the ages of 12-14, wrote a screenplay for and made a little film adaptation of Kafka's The Castle. Years later, Havel na hrad (Havel to the castle) would become the rallying cry for the Velvet Revolution, and once in "power", his boyhood pal used his own costume desginer to design costumes for the new palace guard. The boyhood pal? Milos Forman. Flying right over that cuckoo's nest to bring it back to the dead....